Ronnie Dix had established a great reputation at top flight Derby County so we were delighted when manager Peter McWilliam managed to persuade him to drop down a division and join Spurs.
Unfortunately, after playing in the first three games of the 1939-40 season, the outbreak of war meant that the league programme was cancelled and his brief Spurs tally was expunged from the records.
During the conflict, he was rarely able to play for Spurs and so ‘guested’ for the likes of Blackpool, Bradford Park Avenue, Bristol City, Chester, Wrexham, York City and Liverpool.
When the league programme finally got back underway, Dix started to play regularly for us at inside-left but by then was considered to be past his best and was transferred to Reading, retiring in June, 1949, and returning to his Bristol home.
Dix had been born in Bristol on September 5, 1912, and was very much a schoolboy star in his native city. And he made history in 1928 when he scored for Bristol Rovers against Norwich City in a Third Division (South) fixture. In so doing, he became the youngest player to score a goal in a league match – he was just 15 years and 180 days old.
Ronnie moved to Blackburn Rovers in May, 1932, and on to Aston Villa a year later. But when he joined Derby in February, 1937, he really found his best form over a consistent period that saw him represent the league and score on his England debut as he won what proved to be his only full cap.
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